Sheriff addresses decision to lift some evacuation warnings

This afternoon, July 29, the Plumas County Sheriff lifted some evacuation warnings in mostly unpopulated areas, but he sees it as a good first step. “I see it as a positive that we’re getting something,” Sheriff Todd Johns said.

Johns said that he is working with the Incident Command Team, and the fire isn’t seeing the sustained winds and erratic fire behavior that characterized it earlier. Johns said he will continue seeking information from the team and that he is always assessing the situation. He wants people to be able to return to their homes, just not prematurely. While the areas released from warnings today had few structures, he is hopeful that some of the more populated areas can follow soon.

Patrols continue in all evacuated areas and Johns said so far there have been no reports of theft. Some people have reported suspicious activity that they have observed on their security cameras, but it turned out to be firefighters clearing decks and doing other prep work.

Evacuation warnings lifted

Moonlight Valley, Engel Mine, Lone Rock Valley, and a Portion of Growers Boulevard: USFS Road 28N32 Intersection of Plumas/Lassen Line, east to Diamond Mountain area, South to Lone rock.
Kettle Rock, Taylor Lake, Wilcox Valley, Rattle Snake Peak, and Franks Valley: Taylor Diggings Mine north to Engel Mine, East to Lower Lone Rock, South to the Border of Zone 28, West to the Taylor Diggings Mine.
Lone Rock, west of Antelope Lake and north to the county line: Antelope Lake Rd at the base of the grade north on Antelope Lake Rd to the county line, west to the boundary to of zone 19 and 20.
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